School Colors

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I wore this last Friday to welcome the freshman class (the semester started a while ago, but the freshmen always start two weeks later than the rest of the school.) By a happy coincidence, this outfit is in the colors of my old college in LA – black and red. Actually, we didn’t even have school colors until my second or third year, when somebody had the brilliant idea: we’re a tiny film school that is all about guerrilla filmmaking. Guerilla = gorilla = black and red. We even joked that we should have a gorilla as our mascot. There was no gorilla mascot, eventually (again, tiny film school, no use for a mascot), but all of our shirts were printed in black and red and that was the explanation we always gave whenever somebody asked.

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Skirt: Zalora, Heels: Zara, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: vintage

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Phoning It In

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I still have one week left before the school vacation officially starts, and my weekend film making workshops won’t be done until the beginning of July, but mostly it’s been very laid-back at work, so I’m taking advantage of that and wear the most comfortable things I could while still looking marginally presentable. Linen pants + tee + sandals seem like a good choice for that, don’t you think?

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T-shirt: ASOS, Pants: tailor, Sandals: gift, Necklace: local shop


Crossover Clothes

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I usually divide my wardrobe into three sections: stay-at-home clothes (like sweatpants and pajamas, the kind you’ll never see on the blog), running-errand clothes (clothes I’d wear if I have to pop into the shops, which are usually too old to be worn to work but not comfy enough to be pajamas), and finally work clothes (which is everything you see on the blog, clothes I wear to work or whenever I have to be presentable.)

Occasionally though, these clothes do cross-over. Take this outfit, for example. It’s nice enough for a casual day grading papers at work, but it’s also comfy enough to lounge around at home in. I should find more clothes like these.

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T-shirt: ASOS, Pants: local shop, Sandals: gift, Necklaces: local shop & self-made


All About The Coats

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After a week of warming up, the weather starts cooling down again (told you so) but I’m feeling super lazy about putting together outfits right now, so I’m wearing what I call “easy outfits”. Just something perfunctory – like jeans and a T-shirt or sweatshirt, and nice coats and boots. VoilĂ ! Instantly put-together without having to put much thought into it.

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Jeans: Mango, T-shirt: Uniqlo, Sweatshirt: Zalora, Coat: Loft, Trench coat: Zara, Brown boots: Topshop, Black boots: Clarks


Inspired By Marvel’s Ladies #2: Jessica Jones

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Here’s the second look in my Marvel-themed week, inspired by Jessica Jones. The character has a very distinct and simple style – leather jacket, old jeans, and combat boots. I translated that into my own moto jacket, old jeans, and Chelsea boots. In the earlier episodes she also wears a scarf, which I added here. Of course I had to add my own touch (the brooch) but that’s why these outfits are only “inspired by” and not costume.

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As for the show, like I said, it’s awesome. It is as tense as Daredevil (another Marvel’s Netflix show), though in a different way – Daredevil has this sense of impending doom about it, and you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for it to explode, whereas with Jessica Jones, it is more like a sense of desperation. The characters are so damaged and the odds against them are so huge that you don’t think they can succeed, but you want them to succeed so badly. Also, it is one of the most (if not the most) accurate depictions of an abusive relationship and its ripple effect that I’ve ever seen. Just… go watch it, OK?

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jeans: Mango, Jacket: tailor, Scarf: handmade, Brooch: local shop


Weekly Capsule 46.1 & SIA: Capax Infiniti

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For my interpretation of this week’s SIA, the gorgeous mural “Capax Infiniti” by Faith47, I decided to go the obvious route and just recreate the colors – the reddish shade of the brick wall (I know my jeans look more purple than red but that’s my color correction. If I got my jeans to the color they are in real life, I would look like an Oompa-Loompa), and shades of white, gray, and black of the painting itself. My scarf is a reflection of the soft pleats of the girl’s dress too. I thought about making an “infinity” necklace, which would’ve been the perfect finishing touch, but I didn’t have the time. Ah well. It may not be the most exciting outfit, but it gets the job done.

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog tomorrow for other outfits inspired by this mural!

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Cardigan: Forever21, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Scarf: Target, Boots: Din Sko


Weekly Capsule 44.1: Automne

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Did everybody have a fun Halloween? I didn’t dress up, because I didn’t have anywhere to go (Halloween is kind of a new thing here in Vietnam, mostly celebrated by teenagers who just want an excuse to party), but I did get into the spirit of Halloween by doing a Twilight Zone marathon. I’m such a homebody that I always prefer low-key celebrations to big parties. Even back when I lived in the US, most Halloweens I just hung out with friends and ate candies and watched scary movies.

Anyway, here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA painting, “The Season” series by Alphonse Mucha. I picked the “Autumn” panel as my main inspiration – it’s most evident in my grape bunch brooch, to echo the grapes in the painting – but there is a bit of “Spring” in my white skirt as well. Not surprising, considering those are my favorite seasons.

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If you want to participate in SIA and haven’t sent me your outfit yet, there’s still time! And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the full round-up.

T-shirt: Uniqlo, Skirt: Zalora, Scarf: Candie’s, Shoes: thrifted, Brooch: local shop